Brent Bozell
Joe Scarborough is out with a new book again, lecturing conservatives on the best road forward. Here's the first sign it should be ignored (just like the previous ones): It will be reviewed by The New York Times, while Mark Levin's truly important, best-selling books are not.

It's the same formula for the Scarborough TV tour: an appearance next to Barbara Walters on ABC's "The View," spots on "CBS This Morning" and "Charlie Rose: The Week" on PBS. The liberal media really want Scarborough to tell Republicans what to do. And why not? Might that be because their recommendations are similar?

Scarborough insists Republicans have to moderate, moderate, moderate. "We" need a Republican Party that enables more of President Barack Obama's political dreams, because that's what the people want ... or at least media people.

It's annoying faux conservatives look to real conservatives to give credibility to views antithetical to conservatives. Scarborough cites William F. Buckley as he declares in the book, "We have to stop electing amateurs who serve as little more than ideological indulgences, who exploit resentments that play well enough among the base, but whose positions make them nonviable in general elections." Why is this? "There is no substitute for victory, and I for one am damn tired of my party losing presidential elections."

There is not a comma in this passage that isn't dishonest. Where would this man be today if Republicans weren't "electing amateurs" like him in the Newt Gingrich wave of 1994? Were Scarborough's positions, so in line with the conservative base when he was elected, "ideological indulgences"? This is a man who has found a real home at MSNBC.

In fact, Scarborough isn't at all "damn tired" of Democrats winning the White House. On "The View," he declared a willingness to vote for a Democrat if Republicans keep on their current MSNBC-upsetting path. Would anyone who watched "Morning Joe" in 2008 or 2012 believe that Scarborough took to the air with every breath to ensure Obama was defeated?

I'm sorry if that question was a choking hazard. Let's take just a few samples of evidence from 2012, when Republicans nominated Mitt Romney.

--On March 31, Scarborough mocked Romney for mutilating himself (rhetorically) -- "He is a cutter, a political cutter" -- and then ridiculed a poll result showing the GOP losing by 25 to Obama among women. "I guess that idea of chaining women to a radiator in the kitchen, that the Republicans wanted to put on platform, not going over."


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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